2015 Depth Charts Update: Cleveland Browns

A breakdown of the Cleveland Browns' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

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A breakdown of the Cleveland Browns' Depth Chart after Free Agency and the Draft.

2015 Depth Charts Update: Cleveland Browns


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Notes

 

  • Josh McCown heads into 2015 as the team’s starting quarterback, but that moves comes with its own question marks. He was fantastic in that half season stretch in Chicago back in 2013, but that remains the only season since 2007 where he has finished with a positive grade. A poor season in Tampa Bay last year, where he made some really poor decisions with the football, and he’s now set to start for his third team in three seasons.

 

  • Andrew Hawkins is the Browns best skill position player at this point, and underrated by many even as a slot receiver. Our 11th highest graded receiver in 2014, Hawkins forced 11 missed tackles and averaged 6.4 yards after the catch. The type of receiver where it’s important to find ways to put the football in his hands, he can be a major asset for the Browns out of the slot in 2015.

 

  • Former first round draft pick Phil Taylor has fallen down the depth chart on the defensive line, and faces a fight to see much playing time in 2015. A poor season in 2014, where he graded at -6.5 on just 133 snaps, doesn’t help him, but the signing of Randy Starks all but rules out any chance of him starting this season. He’ll battle with John Hughes for snaps behind Starks.

 

  • Despite the pessimism around several parts of the roster, the Browns starting defensive backfield is up there with the very best in the league. Joe Haden might not be in that elite group at cornerback, but he is in the high quality group below, and he’s now joined in Cleveland by Tramon Williams. In the slot, K’Waun Williams really impressed on limited work in 2014, finishing the year with a +11.0 coverage grade. At safety, the duo of Tashaun Gipson and Donte Whitner are one of the best safety pairings in the NFL.
  • Jason Williams

    Quarterback should just say W.T.F.

    “Andrew Hawkins is the Browns best skill position player at this point” – I’m going to go spend the rest of the day crying.

    • herewegobrowniesherewego

      No sense in them forcing the issue at QB in the draft/etc. when there were not a lot of good options after the first two picks, and when Bradford is injury-prone/likely wouldn’t sign an extension if that trade was in fact in the works.

      • Jason Williams

        I hear you but I wish they would have taken hundley or whoever that other guy was. Maybe you catch lightning in a bottle Tom Brady style.

        • crashby89

          I get that but think they may be smart to go the Seattle San Fran Route, build a solid team that need only adequate QB play to win. Moet dont see it but between the O-line and D there is a lot of talent in Cleveland.

          • Jason Williams

            by no means do I think Kapernick is an elite QB but that guy can change games all by himself and that’s something the Browns have not had since Bernie or maybe Vinny.

          • herewegobrowniesherewego

            I’d say Russell Wilson’s play, and Kaepernick’s excluding last year, was quite a big higher than “adequate.” The Browns have enough weaknesses at skill positions on offense, along with a need to learn a new system, that they need to either hope that in the long run Johnny is much better than “adequate” or they pick a franchise QB next time around. while also focusing on filling the other skill positions.

          • crashby89

            Maybe what I said came off wrong. Wilson plays at an elite level but that team is good enough to win games without an elite QB. Put it like this I think Andy Dalton is the perfect example of a purely average QB. Seattle still wins 10 games with an Andy Dalton. Same with San Fran. That team was winning with Alex Smith, an adequate game managing QB in ’11 and ’12. Thats the direction I see the Browns moving in.

    • Chris

      Hawkins has been one of the best slot receivers for the last couple years. Dude is lightning in a bottle.

      But I agree on the first part.

      • Jason Williams

        Hawkins isn’t going to win you games the way a stud #1 WR would. I’m not sure if Brandon Marshall was ever an option for the Browns but MAN would I have loved to see that.

        • Chris

          No he’s not, because of his height. But he’s still the most dynamic weapon they have in the passing game. Get him in open space and it’s like a punt return. I saw plenty of him in Cinci – we could’ve really used him last year with all the injuries at WR.

  • theowl

    That defense is looking solid… Shelton and Orchard look like perfect draft choice fits. Chao Mingo!

    • herewegobrowniesherewego

      They should keep Mingo around, even for depth/rotational purposes, even if he was drafted much too high (like seemingly the whole top of the 1st round in ’13.)

      • theowl

        I agree, he is ok. I just liked the way that sounded.

  • AJ

    This very well could be the best o-line in the NFL. Too bad they don’t have a quarterback or playcaller to take advantage of it.

  • RadioGaga

    Haden is the most overrated CB i’ve seen in a while. He’s good. Nothing more.

    • herewegobrowniesherewego

      He struggled early last season (it seemed like a post-contract-year effect, as well as adjusting schemes. He had to guard Graham in wk 2, just a bad matchup even if the team won) but he led a secondary that often was the only thing keeping the team in games last year. He’s not Revis or Sherman, but has been a good fit for the many times they’ve had to play AJ Green and can take out that side of the field.

    • theowl

      How do you feel about Patrick Peterson?

    • Chris

      Haden is good when he wants to be. Seems like that’s only when he’s guarding AJ Green.

  • Chris

    That secondary – jesus. 4 good corners and 2 solid safeties.

    • herewegobrowniesherewego

      I figured this would only rate Tramon Williams yellow, but for all that many Browns fans miss/overvalue Buster Skrine and his long PI’s, they got a solid upgrade.

      Footballoutsiders actually gave the Browns a better pass defense DVOA than Seattle last year.

  • Selle

    In what small world are they living in that john Greco could possibly be an above average guard. Cam Erving will be starting right guard day one. Guaranteed.

  • NAJ

    Wow they really are close to being a legit playoff team. Shows how much the QB is holding them back just like Jets & Bills

  • philipmatsikoudis

    There is no chance that Manziel can win the starting QB job?

  • http://thetophat.co/ Jerry Hart

    who makes these depth charts. The way its set up is totally confusing.